Internet High Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen had an amazing year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only one to make it to the closing table in 3 of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has appeared on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You may recall one of the biggest pots in high stakes poker recorded history against Daniel Negreanu. Hansen won a large pot with quads against Negreanu’s full house. Hansen has made many televised poker appearances and is deemed to be one of the strongest gamblers in the world. While playing web poker, a different side of Hansen has been seen. He often competes in the 200/400 NL max buy-in of Forty Thousand dollars. Hansen generally buys in for the min of Sixteen Thousand dollars and plays very poorly. He waits for a decent hand and then pushes all-in. I accept that Gus is a great poker player but not even close to the everyday players at 200/400no limit. Unless he is flat broke, he has absolutely no reason to play at the table with the minimum buy-in.

Playing for the minimum takes most of the skill out of deep stack poker. Hansen is presumed to be one of the greatest players anywhere in the world but he can’t buy-in for the full dollar value. I believe television can skew our perception of the real world at times. The greatest players in the world might be players you have never heard of before. Gus can be found playing online poker on Full Tilt. He usually participates in high stakes Omaha and hold’em. Gus has proven himself as a tournament player. Can he back up his skills in money rounds?

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